Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finished Olympic Challenge

This is the Citron Shawl from the current issue of Knitty.com. It is our knitalong project and I decided to do it as an Olympics challenge. I cast on during the opening ceremonies and finished this morning. I set a goal of a certain number of rows to do each day. At the beginning it was easy to maintain my pace but as the rows got longer and longer and longer it was tough but I perservered and completed it this morning. I even added 3 repeats of the pattern to make it larger for me. It came out great. I used a lace yarn called "Ballerina" which is smaller than the Malabrigo lace it calls for. If you enlarge this pattern, be sure to double the yardage needed. I ended up with a tiny, tiny little ball left over. All in all it was fun and I have a great spring shawl to wear.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


My 65th birthday is around the corner (2/22) and I need you to help me celebrate. Bring me a birthday card on Saturday, Feb. 20th and I will give you a piece of cake and a 10% discount on all your purchases. Class fees and special events are not included in this offer. I'll be there from 10 AM to 5 PM so drop in during those hours for some goodies (both kinds). There's lots of new shop goodies to tempt you as much of our spring yarn has been coming in over the past few weeks. So come by and wish me luck.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Needle Nook Winter Olympics Knitting Competition

Hi Everyone:

First of all, thank you to all who have contributed to the Haiti Relief Fund. We have collected around $2800.00 as of today with a few more days left. This money was matched by Knitting Fever and sent to the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. Your generosity was sorely needed by the residents of Haiti. Thanks again.

On to a new venture. The Needle Nook has always supported community service projects. We have done chemo hats, preemie hats, childrens chemo hats, ovarian cancer scarves and more. We thought it would be fun to have a Winter Games competition. Here's how it works:

Knit or crochet the following items for donation to charitible organizations:

Chemo Hats

Preemie Hats

Preemie Blankets

Teddy Bear Outfits

Stoma Covers *

The person who turns in the most items wins a $25.00 gift certificate to the shop. Competition starts with the opening ceremony and ends with the closing ceremony (Feb. 12-Feb. 28). Honor system, no combining with your buddies. Must be received at the Needle Nook by 5PM on March 6th.

You can find free patterns on the web for most of these items. * The stoma covers (for tracheotomy patients) MUST BE MADE OF 100% COTTON smooth yarns with no fuzz. You can make a 6" x 6" or 7" x 7" square or something of that shape and size. This is a great way to try out some new stitch patterns. It's just like doing a dishcloth except you add about 14" ties to the top, to go around the neck. Teddy bear sweaters should fit about a 8" - 16" bear. These are given to children in trauma. The rest of the items speak for themselves.

So get those needles fired up and help your community. You will be glad you did. Call us at (404) 325-0068 if you have questions.